Mr. Bernie Bush, MP


Mr. Bernie A. Bush, MP  


Parliamentary Secretary

Electoral District:

Elected Member for West Bay North 


A former longtime civil servant and community leader, Mr. Bernie Bush has demonstrated decades of commitment to preserving the Caymanian culture and empowering the people of the Cayman Islands through sports management, community engagement, mentorship, political and cultural advocacy. This has included a focus on supporting and developing opportunities for Caymanians, children and young adults – especially those more vulnerable or at-risk.

As a result of his civic work and concern for justice, Mr. Bush has been an elected member of the Parliament of the Cayman Islands (formerly Legislative Assembly) for the last 12 years. He served as the Deputy Speaker of the House and Deputy Leader of the Opposition for four years, as well as in other key parliamentary roles. His most recent appointment as Minister for Home Affairs, Youth, Sports, and Culture and Heritage was in April 2021.

Mr. Bush used his passion for sports leadership as an avenue to enrich and connect with the community. This included founding and co-founding multiple football clubs. He is a pioneer in advancing sports for females in Cayman. He established the Girls’ Primary School football league, as well as the Girls’ Under 17 National Football programme. Under his direction, the Under 17 Girls’ National Team achieved the highest level of international success rated by FIFA compared to any other national team in Cayman.

Mr. Bush, as former Director of the Pirates Week Festival, was credited for its rebranding and renewed success. His leadership also resulted in the development of the Cayman Islands Government Sports Office, as well as founding Special Olympics in the Cayman Islands, where he served in many capacities ranging from coach to President. He was also Secretary General of the Cricket Association and President of the Cayman Islands Athletic Association.

Mr. Bush is undoubtedly known for his passion and love of the Cayman Islands, its people, culture and heritage. His appreciation of the role that culture plays in defining who we are as a people is aligned with his responsibility as Minister for Youth, Sports, Culture, and Heritage, which he held until November 2023. With support to key cultural and heritage institutions including: The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands, Cayman National Cultural Foundation, and Cayman Islands National Museum such partnerships play a significant role in the preservation and promotion of the cultural legacy of our nation.

Given the importance of culture and heritage in our communities, the Ministry’s purpose to “Preserve our Past, Strengthen our Future” paired with the Minister’s priority for Awareness and Preservation of Culture & Heritage, these serve as the forefront and driving force behind all of the Ministry’s policies and projects.